Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm

What happens next

A decision on the application for a Development Consent Order for Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm was taken on 26 September 2014 and has now been issued.

The period for legal challenge is defined in s118 of the Planning Act 2008. Further information about legal challenge can be found in the letter sent to all Interested Parties accompanying the Secretary of State’s decision and statement of reasons.

If you have any queries about the process please email the Planning Inspectorate at [email protected] or telephone the helpline on 0303 444 5000.

Timeline (35 items)

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12 December 2014
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10 December 2014
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Decision made by the Secretary of State
26 September 2014
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The Examining Authority issued its recommendation to the Secretary of State on 26 June 2014. A decision will be published within 3 months. Please note that the Examining Authority’s recommendation will also be made available at that point.

27 June 2014
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Recommendations given by the Planning Inspectorate
26 June 2014
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The examination has now closed. There will now be a period of 3 months for the Examining Authority to consider and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. Please see the letter sent to Interested Parties.

Responses to Deadline VII, prior to the close of examination, have now been published.

27 March 2014
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Responses to Deadline VI have now been published.

14 March 2014
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The Examining Authority has issued supplementary questions made necessary by the release of new Planning Practice Guidance by the government. The deadline for submission of information requested in the attached letter is Thursday 13 March 2014. Please note that the Examining Authority’s DCO and second written questions remain relevant and comments on those are sought by 13 March 2014.

26 February 2014
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The Report on the Implications for European Sites (RIES) has been published.  The covering letter provides access to the RIES and to an annex identifying matters arising from the RIES on which interested parties’ comments are sought by 13 March 2014.

19 February 2014
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Responses to Deadline V have now been published.

07 February 2014
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Issue Specific Hearing 3 has now concluded and the audio recordings are now available.

04 February 2014
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Winter weather update for issue specific hearing 3 on 28, 29 & 30 January 2014
Forecast weather and travel conditions for 28 – 30 January 2014 suggest that these hearings will continue as provided for in the approved examination timetable. There are no special arrangements in force.

Location: The Jubilee Centre, Hose Side Road, Wallasey, Wirral CH45 0LA

24 January 2014
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Audio recordings of hearings held on 10, 11 and 12 December have now been published.

A Rule 8(3) letter has been issued notifying of a change of hearing venue and a change to the timetable.

17 December 2013
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09 December 2013
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The Examining Authority has reviewed Deadline I submissions. No requests for accompanied site inspections have been made. View the notice cancelling the inspections.

11 November 2013
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Deadline 1 submissions have been received. An index to the applicant’s submissions can be found here.

04 November 2013
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The examination timetable has been published that sets out the timeframe for examination of the application (also see the rule 8 letter sent to interested parties).

In addition, the Examining Authority’s first questions and notes of the unaccompanied site visit have been published.

08 October 2013
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The Examination Timetable (Rule 8 letter) has been sent to Interested Parties

Procedural decision following Preliminary Meeting

07 October 2013
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Audio from the Preliminary Meeting session on 26 September 2013 is now available

Session 1 (MP3 48 MB)
Session 2 (MP3 38 MB)

30 September 2013
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  • Preliminary Meeting takes place
  • Examination begins
26 September 2013
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The notification of Preliminary Meeting (Rule 6 letter) has been sent Read the letter

The letter also includes the draft Examination Timetable and Initial Assessment of Principal Issues.

04 September 2013
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Relevant representations published on the website
26 June 2013
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Registration of interested parties closes
24 June 2013
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Registration of interested parties begins
13 May 2013
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The application has been accepted for examination

19 April 2013
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Decision on whether or not to accept the application for examination
19 April 2013
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  • Application expected from applicant
  • Application received by the Planning Inspectorate
22 March 2013